Well this was just awesome. It was the best of awesome and I’m sorry, I just loved it.
The episode written by Robbie Thompson and directed by Phil Sgriccia has been dubbed the “love letter” to the Supernatural fandom. For the 200th episode the show chose a meta route and it begins with the death of a teacher, which intrigues the boys, who have been resting. Sam, although hesitant about Dean’s readiness for hunting, agrees to follow the case.
The episode is filled with many easter eggs for fans, from the Room 200 at the Route 200 motel to the musical itself. When the Winchesters arrive at the school they are horrified to find that this all girls high school has decided to produce a musical based on the Chuck Shurley books, which cover seasons 1-5. As the episode unfolds the mystery surrounding who and what is haunting or terrorizing the school is interspersed with musical numbers such as “The Road So Far” and “I’ll Wait Here for You.” The songs were penned by Thompson in part. The MOTW is actually Calliope, the muse of poetry, and she is trying to get the vision “realized.”
The director and stage manager reinforce how this version is Marie’s interpretation of the books. In fact she puts a robot in the text. *By the way, I squeed for reasons.* The play and the love that the girls have for the Winchester story provides inspiration to Sam and Dean, reminding them of their mission and reinvigorating their desire to keep going on the road so far. The most thrilling part, at least for me, was the return of the amulet and the fact that Dean hung it on the Impala’s mirror as the boys rode off into the sunset together.
There is not much to say beyond the fact that the episode is a monster of the week and is designed specifically for long time viewers of the show with some winks to subset fandoms like shippers. The girls were fantastic though. The songs were catchy. And dammit, WE got the Samulet. I’ll be over here in the corner hugging my Robbie Thompson doll.
Questions to Ponder:
What easter eggs did you find? Share them below.
What did you think of Sam’s speech at the end?
What did you think about Dean’s reactions to the play?
What were your favorite parts?
Is a song stuck in your head?
So what are your thoughts, reactions, feelings? Leave them here!